A lecture on documentary poetry and cultural poetics by Alan Gilbert. The lecture includes music and ends with a question and answer period. [by Ann] Alan Gilbert lectures on art, literature, and culture. He discusses works of art as social documentary, alleging that all art is site specific, all cultures are hybrid, and works of art have different effects in different contexts. He uses Walker Evans's photographs, Harry Smith's recordings of folk music, Anselm Hollo's poem High plains drifting...
A reading, tape 2 of 2, given by Alan Gilbert and Laird Hunt at Naropa University June 19, 2004. Gilbert reads from two long poems in progress. Hunt reads from a selection of prose concluding with 1 1/2 chapters from his manuscript Dear Laird Hunt Author of The Impossibly." This is part 2 of 2.
Allen Ginsberg Class on 19th Century Poetry. This class is a continuation of topic from 81P163 with AG doing a close reading of William Blake's "Four Zoas" book 7. There is some reference to the historical context of Blake's time and the influence it had upon the writing along with discussion regarding Blake's symbology and hermetic background.
First half of part 4 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop on American value. Ginsberg discusses the work of William Carlos Williams, including the poems "The trees," "To a friend," and "Poor old Abner." (Continues on 87P086)
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on prosody, with Ginsberg discussing the necessity of writing mirroring, or being a good secretary, to one's own mind. Through benevolent, indifferent attention, says Ginsberg, a person's total subjectivity becomes total objectivity. (Continued from 76P052)
First half of a second class with Allen Ginsberg discussing William Carlos Williams's prosody. (First class is on 76P050-051) This discussion touches on the various prosodies and writing processes of William Burroughs, Andrei Voznesensky, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Wyatt and Jack Kerouac. Ginsberg focuses on the way in which prosody might serve idiosyncratic thought patterns and an individual's rhythms. (Continued on 76P053)
AG class on 19th Century poetry specifically William Blake. There is a reading of "The Tyger" by Allen Ginsberg and then much discussion regarding Blake's systemology. AG describes the four zoas. In this discussion there is talk about Buddhism, creationism and the mythology of boundary. AG reads "The Abstract Human." He talks about Yeats and Ezra Pound and his personal experience of being turned on to Blake. The class ends with the reading of the last poem in the Songs of...
First half of an Allen Ginsberg survey class on historical poetics. Ginsberg discusses topics, styles, and modes that he found useful in his own poetry, and that every poet should know. He includes a discussion of preliterate traditions; quantitative verse, including classic meters and long and short vowels; sonnets; song forms; and a discussion of poetry expressing states of consciousness. He shows how older forms are still alive in the work of contemporary poets, using as examples the works...
Allen Ginsberg class on Expansive Poetics. He opens by talking about Pushkin and reads his "The Prophet," "Message to Syberia" and a couple others. He then moves to American `19th century authors and talks about Edgar Allen Poe and reads "The Bells" and "Anabelle Lee." He then talks about rhythm and the spondee and goes into great details explaining and giving examples of different meters. He defines meter and foot. Then he moves into Herman Mellville and...
This is the second portion of a class on Autobiographical Poetry/Writing. The class begins with Allen Ginsberg (AG) talking about the upcoming protest at Rocky Flats and there is much discussion about logistics. The class then reads from Reznikoff's Volume I and students begin sharing their material. Intermitently during the student readins, Allen provides feedback and gives concrete examples from their respective works on how to condense and improve the immediacy of the writing. Allen then...
First half of a class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of classes in the Summer of 1975. Ginsberg focuses on meter and measure in English poetry, specifically with the work of the poets Thomas Campion and William Shakespeare. Ginsberg also gives his personal history with the use of measure and meter in his own poetry. (Continues on 75P008B)
First half of part 3 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop series on American value. Ginsberg reads several poems as examples of the mind in operation, and talks about how poetry can arise from meditation practice and ordinary mind. He reads and discusses the work of Charles Reznikoff, William Carlos Williams, and other writers. (Continues on 87P084)
This is the second part to a class from 88P045. Tape begins with Allen Ginsberg and his class discussing images to create text and cliche and the faults associated with insecurity of self image related to writing. Discussion evolves to mention Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Kerouac and their candid nature and the consequences or beauties associated with recreating reality. The class then moves on to language poets and what they embody with a student reading Stephen Rodefer's... ( 1 reviews )
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on his mentor William Carlos Williams. Ginsberg compares the work and influences of Wordsworth, Whitman, and Reznikov, and reads from Williams's "Prelude," "Cambridge in the Alps," "Rain," and others. He gives examples of Williams's writing techniques and relates some of them to the meditative mind. (Continued from 87P013)
Allen Ginsberg class on Beat literary history of the 1950's discussing student sketches, the first manuscript of "Howl," and Burroughs's early work including The Yage Letters and "Roosevelt after inauguration." Part 17 of a 20 part series. ( 1 reviews )
Allen Ginsberg presents a class on "Spiritual Poetics." Ginsberg discusses the influence of haiku on the Beats and the relative merits of tape recorders and notebooks for writing poetry. He then reads and comments on selections from the Collected Earlier Poems of William Carlos Williams. (Continued on 74P003). This is part 2 of 3.
Part 2 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop on American value. Ginsberg looks at what a value is, what is of value, and at poetry that addresses these questions. He focuses on the work of artist and poet Marsden Hartley, reading and discussing his poems, including "Three small feathers," "As the buck lay dead," "Albert Ryder, moonlightist," and others. Ginsberg also touches on the work of William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound.
Allen Ginsberg subtitutes for a workshop class taught by Tom Pickard recorded April 1, 1981 at Naropa. In this class, Allen discusses poetic composition using Corso, Marshall,Spicer, Kerouac, Blake, Pound, Williams, Bunting and others as examples. Later, students present their work and Ginsberg gives critiques often discussing the methods of composition, structureing, and selection of vocabulary in poetry. Continued on 81P110
A class in Ed Sanders's "Investigative Poetics" series, led by Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg discusses the contemporary political situation and the way in which political situations do and have interacted with poetry, with specific reference to the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: political poetry
First half of an Allen Ginsberg lecture on English and American lyric poetry. Ginsberg reads William Blake's "Let the brothels of paris be opened," "The gray monk," "The Mask of anarchy," "The ballad of Sir Patrick Spense," "The Holy land of walsingham" and "Weep you no more, sad fountains," followed by Thomas Wyatt's "My lute awake," "Forget not yet," "They flee from me," "Gasgoyne's lullaby"... ( 1 reviews )
AG class on 19th Century Poetry, particularly Shelley's "Epipsychidion" and "Triumph of Life." AG relates "Epipsychidion" as an orgasmic poem climaxing at the end. There is much discussion regarding the climactic poem. AG mentions writers like Hart Crane, Herman Melville and Kerouac as emulating the climactic writing. The then digresses into conversation regarding marriage and sex. There is talk about body forms like Michealangelo's "The David" and then...
The third class in an Allen Ginsberg course on expansive poetics. Ginsberg begins the class with a discussion of Walt Whitman's Song of myself. This is follow-up from the previous class. He reads portions and discusses the evidence of Whitman's ego and then discusses negative capability. The class then turns to Fernando Pessoa, and poems including Salutation to Walt Whitman, Poem in a straight line, and Tobacco shop are read and discussed. The class reads and talks about Frederico Garcia... ( 1 reviews )
A class in an Allen Ginsberg course on expansive poetics. The class opens with Ginsberg talking about the painter/poet Marsden Hartley. Ginsberg reads Hartley's I admire my native city, Spring, Drama number one, and Window cleaner to nude mannequin. The class does a choral reading of Vachel Lindsay's The Congo and talks about Lindsay's life. Ginsberg reads William Carlos Williams' To Elsie and a section of The Clouds. He ends the class by talking about Jaime de Angulo, and reads a portion of...
This recording from July 6, 1987 is of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on his mentor William Carlos Williams. Ginsberg compares the work and influences of Wordsworth, Whitman, and Reznikoff and reads from Williams' "St. Jame's Grove," "An Early Martyr," and "Rain" as well as others. He gives examples of Williams' writing techniques and relates some of them to the meditative mind.
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg lecture on English and American lyric poetry. Ginsberg reads Sir Walter Raleigh's "The lie," Christophr Marlowe's "The passionate shepherd to his love," Hector Berlioz and Giuseppe Verdi requiems, George Peel's "As when the rye reached to the chin" and "Hot sun, cool fire, tempered with sweet air, and Robert Southwell's "The burning babe." (Continued from 96P049)
Part 1 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop on American value. Ginsberg looks at what a value is, what is of value, and at poetry that addresses these questions. He focuses on the work of artist and poet Marsden Hartley, reading and discussing his poems, including "Three small feathers," "As the buck lay dead," "Albert Ryder, moonlightist," and others. Ginsberg also touches on the work of William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound.
A Basic Poetics Class with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa in 1980. This recording contains part of class 12 and 13 from Feb.21 and 25, 1980. In this class Ginsberg discusses and reads Elizabethan English Lyric. Works include The Passionate Shepherd by Marlowe and Ralegh's The Nymph's Reply, The Lie, and Nature, That Washed Her Hands in Milk; The Aged Lover Renounceth Love and Greensleeves. This is class 12 of 33.
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute April 17, 1980. Ginsberg begins the class by discussing and reading from George Herbert. He then reads a selection of Jack Kerouac's poetry finally ending by reading and discussing selections of James Shirley and Thomas Carey's poetry. This is class 21 of 33.
Allen Ginsberg class on steps of revising autobiographical poems. The class includes readings of Hart Crane and Percy Shelley and discussions about Gregory Corso, Basil Bunting, and Ezra Pound. The class also includes discussions and reviews of student work. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, modernist poetry, romantic poetry, autobiography, beat movement, objectivist
First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg reading and discussing the work of Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth, focusing on their later work. Ginsberg reads examples of Whitman's prose and poems, including "Sands at Seventy," Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey," and examples of Wordsworth's "bad poetry." Ginsberg also reads and discusses Wordsworth's sonnets in favor of capital punishment, "Sonnets on the Punishment of Death." (Continues on 76p072.) ( 1 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, political poetry, transcendental poetry
This is the 17th session of a class in basic poetics taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at the Naropa Institute. In this class, Ginsberg reads and discusses a number of songs by Shakespeare. During the last part of the class the students recite spontaneous poems. This is class 17 of 33.
Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for first half of Ginsberg's class. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, spirituality and literature
This is an odd tape project on one side of a tape that appears to be a private conversation between Ginsberg and other artists that are not names. The conversation is interupted by Phone Calls and abruptly ends. There is a long silence and then there are two songs that are poorly produced that are not given names. Both f these songs appear on the album "Capitol Raspberry". The tape ends in mid-lyric. ( 1 reviews )
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institiute May 15, 1980. For the duration of the class Ginsberg discusses Saphhic meter using various poems to demonstrate the ancient form. This is class 29 of 33.
Allen Ginsberg 19th Century Poetics: Wordsworth's "Prelude." This class goes through a series of pieces of Wordsworth's Prelude. This is a very long poem separated into books. AG reads aloud from Books 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10. There is commentary intermittently dispersed through each reading and comparisons of Wordsworth to other authors. In the beginning of the class, there is a long digression on synchronicity, as Book 5 has "Spots of Time" which is a recount of a dream...
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg May 26, 1980. Ginsberg begins the class by singing poems by Sappho and songs by William Blake and Isaac Watts accompanied by harmonium. The rest of the class is devoted to Christopher Smart's poetry, specifically "Rejoice In The Lamb" and "Jubilate Agno." This is class 32 of 33.
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute May 12, 1980. Ginsberg begins the class by speaking about the heroic couplet form. Ginsberg then segues into reading and discussing the poetry of John Dryden, Simon Wastell, Thomas Vaughn, Thomas Traherne, Edward Taylor and The Earl Of Rochester. This is class 28 of 33.
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute May 29, 1980. Ginsberg spends the majority of the class fielding questions from the class and discussing the practice of writing with regards to his own work and the work of his peers. Ginsberg ends the class by singing sections of Blake's "The Songs Of Innocence and of Experience." This is class 33 of 33. ( 1 reviews )
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on writing poetry. He begins by referring to William Carlos Williams's exhortation, "No ideas but in things," comparing it to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's statement that "Things are symbols of themselves." He reads from Shakespeare's poetry to illustrate his point. During the lecture, Ginsberg also touches on Haiku, Kerouac, and other topics. (Continued from 84P022) ( 1 reviews )
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute May 22, 1980. Ginsberg spends the class reading and discussing the work of various poets throughout the ages who have dealt with the Sapphic form, from the ancient Greeks to Ezra Pound. Included are a number of different translations of works by Catullus. Ginsberg also plays recordings of Ed Sanders reciting poems by Sappho and Blake. This is class 31 of 33.
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institure April 10, 1980. Ginsberg and class discuss and read from the works of Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick. Ginsberg focuses mostly on the prosody of these to poet's work. This is class 22 of 33.
The second tape in a two tape series covering political poetics and the Russian poets. Also included are readings of the work of Pablo Neruda and the conept of imagination and emotional breakthrough. ( 1 reviews )
Allen Ginsberg class on Expansive Poetry. This class begins with AG talking about the change in writing as time and technology progressed with repsect to voyage writing and travel accounts. He reads from Carpenter's "The secret of time and satan" and then there is a digressive conversation about meditation and being mindful and the San Franscisco New School. Then the class reads Dunan's "The lightfoot hears you and the darkness begins" and there is talk about the...
Tape 11 of an 11 tape series of Allen Ginsberg's class on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on such Russian writers as Kaysin Kuliev and Sergei Yesenin. Also included are readings of work by Gordon McVay, Vladimir Klebnikov, and Sergei Yesenin.